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Posted on: January 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing Free At-Home, Rapid COVID-19 Tests

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To help ensure Americans have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden Administration is purchasing one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to give to Americans for free. 

Starting January 19th, Americans will be able to order their tests online at, and tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering. The Administration will also launch a call line to help those unable to access the website to place orders.

Additionally, starting January 15th, private insurance companies will be required to cover at-home COVID-19 tests. This means consumers with private health insurance coverage will be able to get these tests for free. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free at-home tests per covered individual per month. That means a family of four, all on the same plan, would be able to get 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month.

For more information, please visit: Fact Sheet: The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-⁠19 Tests to Americans for Free

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